A Texas appeals court tossed the criminal conviction of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay on Thursday, saying there was insufficient evidence for a jury in 2010 to have found him guilty of illegally funneling money to Republican candidates.
DeLay was found guilty of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering for allegedly helping illegally funnel corporate money to Texas candidates in 2002. He was sentenced to three years in prison, but his sentence was on hold while his case made its way through the appellate process.
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The Texas 3rd Court of Appeals said the evidence was "legally insufficient," and in a 2-1 ruling decided to "reverse the judgments of the trial court and render judgments of acquittal."
DeLay's attorney, Brian Wice, told The Associated Press that DeLay felt validated by Thursday's ruling.
"He's ecstatic. He's gratified. He's just a little bit numb," Wice said. "I'm hoping with today's victory, he will be able to resume his life as he once knew it."
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Wice said the state could appeal to the Texas Criminal Court of Appeals, the state's highest criminal court. Wice said he was confident DeLay would win again if necessary.